Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…
Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world. But solving that case means going after the people Sylvie cares about, and soon his attraction for her—and the danger she’s in—has him wondering if solving the case is worth hurting the woman he can’t stop fantasizing about…
When Sylvie’s almost run over in broad daylight, Tony goes undercover as her boyfriend to infiltrate the close-knit fashion community. And when they discover Sylvie’s stalker may be linked to Tony’s own investigation, what started as a simple plan to find his friend’s killers turns into a hot bed of secrets and revelations. In a world full of overblown egos and dog-eat-dog ambition, Tony and Sylvie must work together to find her revenge-obsessed stalker before Sylvie ends up with a literal knife in the back.
HIGH-HEELED WONDER was crazy good!!! Never reading Avery Flynn’s work before I didn’t know what to expect and I have to say I was impressed. She is definitely on my must-read auto-buy author’s list from now on. Her story line was well-paced, had more that one surprise and I’m not easily fooled. The writing flowed smoothly and includes great dialogue with plenty of humor and very witty banter. Her characters were well-developed and believable, the sexual chemistry and tension between Tony and Sylvie was palpitable, steamy, teasingly delicious, and when they touched it was OMG, it’s getting hot in here!! HHW was a thrill ride from start to finish in more ways than one and I could not put down this book until it was done.
Sylvie Bissette was a blogger who hid behind the moniker “High-Heeled Wonder” and exposed dirty little secrets within the fashion industry. She was hugely popular with her fan base but not so much with designers, models, and magazine editors. Someone begins cyber-stalking her and making threats, eventually making an outright attempt on her life. Her two fathers, also in the fashion industry, convince her to accept protection from Tony Falcon, sexy and gorgeous former cop turned security expert. But she only allows it under her terms, he must pose as her boyfriend while trying to discover who was threatening her and allow her to participate in the investigation. Sylvie is a very independent woman and definitely no pushover which at many times in the story makes life very hard for Tony.
While protecting Sylvie, Tony is also trying to track down the criminals who killed his best friend. As a matter of fact that is what lead him to her case. He tries really hard to keep a professional distance, but as the threats escalate their time together increases and she becomes harder and harder for him to resist. It doesn’t help that Sylvie is just as attracted to him and sees no reason why she shouldn’t indulge herself. And frankly, that Alpha man never stood a chance against a woman who knew what she wanted and just how to get it, but the struggle between their two strong wills was certainly a pleasure to read!!
Ms. Flynn also gives her readers a great cast of secondary characters to fill out and balance the story as well as add to the mystery. Definite possibilities for a sequel, but either way whatever she publishes next, I’m on that! This book is more than worth my five star rating. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it!!
~Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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